4 things you probably didn’t know about The Kruger
- The Kruger Park is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in the world, and it’s one of the most accessible. The Park covers almost 20,000 km² and spans two provinces: Mpumalanga and Limpopo, as well as the borders of two of South Africa’s neighbours: Zimbabwe and Mozambique. There’s something quite humbling and fantastic about standing at one of the lookouts and realising that no matter what direction you gaze out in, as far as the eye can see is just pure, untamed Kruger.
- On 9 December 2002, the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park: a 35,000 km² peace park that links together some of the best and most established wildlife areas in southern Africa was proclaimed a conservation area. This removed barriers between South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park allowing them to become one. This vast conservation area is being managed as an integrated unit across the three international borders, a rather incredible example of governments working together to protect the environment. Not to mention that there are plans to gradually incorporate other neighbouring lands, including some ancient tribal lands, into what is intended to become a bigger transfrontier conservation area measuring almost 100 000 km². The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and its surrounding transfrontier conservation area will then become the world’s greatest animal kingdom.
- The park is immersed in history, with national treasures ranging from ancient san rock paintings to vital archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela. These treasures reflect the rich cultures and events that have played a crucial part in creating and conserving the Kruger National Park and all its assets.
- Kruger National Park has more large mammals than any other park on African continent. Besides the famous Big 5: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo – there is a wealth of antelope species, warthogs, ostriches, zebra, wildebeest, hyena, cheetah, wild dogs and many smaller animals like otters, mongoose and shrews. Undoubtedly the crown jewel of African national parks, the Kruger has an enormous variety of flora and fauna species that includes 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.
So don’t miss out on the magic of an adventure in one of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful parks.